Spider Fest “Get Inspidered”- on Antelope Island

Written by Kim McCloskey

Are you a storyteller who has a spider-themed story to tell, or do you know one? The Timpanogos Storytelling Institute would like to make you aware of the Spider Fest to be held August 9th on Antelope Island. We're passing along this letter from Justina Parsons-Bernstein, the coordinator of the Festival.

How to Become an Infamous Liar

Written by Kim McCloskey

I was late posting this article because I had a drip in my bathtub, which turned into a gush that filled my tub and spilled out into hallway. Before I could reach the water main the whole basement was flooded and I had to swim with the pipe wrench in my mouth down to the valve. The valve was stuck tight and I couldn't turn it, so I swam up for air and was washed out into the yard, down the gutter and into the Provo River. Eventually my husband picked me up in our ski boat while I was bobbing in Read More ...

The Story of Scheherazade

Written by Tom Mitchell

In co-sponsorship with the Utah Valley Symphony, we will be presenting The Story of Scheherazade, narrated by Charlotte Blake Alston on April 30-May 1, 2014. These stories, often called the Thousand and One Arabian Nights, were told by Scheherazade, a fictional princess who told her husband these stories each night in order to prevent herself from being executed. With the soul-stirring music of Rimsky-Korsakov as a setting, this will be a memorable and enriching experience.

How to Prepare Students for Assemblies with Storytellers

Written by Kim McCloskey

There are many benefits to having a professional storyteller visit your school. Storytelling helps students develop listening skills. Stories are the building blocks of imagination, stories teach character, and storytelling can foster the desire to read independently.

School Outreach & On-site Programming

Written by Adrian Selle

For years, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival has offered school outreach and on-site programming so that thousands of children can have access to hear and enjoy high quality professional storytelling. If you would like to offer this experience to children at a school that you are connected with, keep reading!

Welcome! A Short Prep on this Year’s Conference

Dale Burns

Welcome to this year’s Timpanogos Storytelling Conference at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. We are so pleased that you are joining us! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Conference Center located at 101 West 100 North in Provo, Utah. Please plan on parking in the Marriott Parking Garage . . .

Free Workshop for Educators

Written by Adrian Selle

Each year we offer a free workshop for educators. This year Sherry Norfolk will be teaching "Storytelling: The Idea Bridge - Integrating Learning Across the Curriculum." Sherry Norfolk is an award-winning internationally acclaimed storyteller, author, and teaching artist.

Storytelling and Sochi

Written by Kim McCloskey

I’m watching the Olympics as I write this, speed skating to be exact. What I love most about the games is not the competition, or even watching athletes push themselves to accomplish amazing feats of strength, dexterity and endurance. What I love are the stories in all their varieties, the quests for personal triumph, the journeys of self-mastery, stories of redemption, the tragedies . . .